An interview with Will Davies

Name: Will DaviesWillDavies

Current Job: Medical reporter

Scientific Discipline/Field: Biology, Science Communication

Country: UK

Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q,+, etc.): B

Twitter or other social media handle (if applicable): @eurekanerdcast

 

What does your job involve?

Reporting on oncology news, interviewing researchers

 

How did you get to this job (education etc.)?

After a biology degree, I realised I was having much more fun chatting about my research than doing it , so I sought out a Science Communication MSc. After this and a few years working in a local science centre, a friend let me know their company was hiring, and then they hired me.

 

Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?

No, but Bristol has been a great place to be employed and openly queer. That said, my job sends me to some interesting places, and during assignments in Egypt and Russia, being straight-passing has been advantageous.

 

Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?

None I’ve noticed, and I’ve not been the only openly bi employee .

 

Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated…)?

Robb Flynn of heavy metal band MachineHead

 

What are your plans for the future?

Get a better paying job, marry my fiancé, turn my SciComm podcasts into live events, get involved in local politics

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

SciComm is essential part of STEM – if you’re not already involved in some thing, give it a go!

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